Monika Schnarre is a model, actor, entrepreneur and mother. She rose to international fame, at 14, winning The Supermodel of the World Contest. She was the youngest ever on the cover of American Vogue and has since appeared in over 50 Television shows and Films.
Q. If you could give your past self some advice, what would you say?
Everything always works out – and when things don’t work out – there is a divine reason.
Q. When you first started your career, how did you know you were ready and what made you start?
I had an intense feeling that if I had waited (until I was 18 to enter The Supermodel Contest) – that I wouldn’t have won. I just knew I was ready and could handle the pressure.
Q. What or who has been your greatest influence in business?
When I was in my 20s I read, ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki and it changed the course of my life and the way I look at money.
Q. What is your number one business goal to accomplish this year?
This year, my goal is to start a business from home (a ‘side hustle’) and complete my real estate license.
Q. What do you have going on that you’d like to share?
I’ve been writing a tell-all memoir for the last five years.
Q. Where do you see yourself in five years? How do you envision your future?
In the next five years – I would like to be financially ‘free’ (the ability to not have to work anymore) and travel with my son around the world.
Q. What is your favourite thing about what you do in your career?
What I love about being an entrepreneur is that every day is different. You never know when you wake up where the day will take you.
Q. Do you have a mantra or phrase that you live by?
‘This too shall pass.’ ‘Have courage and be kind.’
Q. What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
My son is my number one priority and aside from family… I choose to only work with companies and people that I like. Life is too short to be miserable!
Q. What keeps you motivated on a daily basis?
I’ve always been driven and motivated… I’m up at 5 am every morning. These days, I’m motivated to create a nice life for my son, Bode.